Pez Dispensers have been around for many decades. The Company was created in 1927 by Eduard Haas in Austria. The original Pez was designed with a peppermint flavor to help most Austrians who were addicted to smoking quit that habit. The campaign bore fruits as most people were transformed, and they quit smoking.
However, when Haas relocated to America in the early 1950s to introduce Pez, he tried to use the same approach that worked in Austria, but it did not produce the same result, and Pez meteoric rise came to a screeching halt. After failing with the first Pez Dispensers in America, he resorted to a different approach and created a new type of Dispenser that resembled a space gun that could shoot out and dispense candies in 1956.
A year later, someone came up with the idea of creating a plastic head that was placed on the dispensers, and the rest was history since hundreds of unique Pez Dispensers have been created. This write-up will look at the five most expensive Pez Dispensers in the World.
5. The 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ($9,866)
A lucky bidder walked away with the Pez Dispensers of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. The auctioning took place on eBay and closed on May 13, 2018, with a winning bid of $9,866. According to Delish, this bid was slightly lower than the one which was conducted for Prince William and Duchess Kate candy dispensers back in 2011 for $13,360.
When bidding began, twenty-five people joined the race to get this attractive Pez dispenser that featured Harry and Meghan Markle in the outfit they wore during their engagement announcement. Megan wore a nice white coat which was widely discussed in the fashion circle worldwide. All the proceeds from the auction were directed towards a good course to help the Make–A–Wish Foundation.
As much as the Pez Dispensers have become the most sought souvenirs worldwide, fans were denied a chance to own this Prince Harry and Meghan Markle because the Austrian candy company behind its creation made only a single piece, which was one of a kind for auctioning purposes on eBay. Pez and Make-A-Wish Foundation had collaborated to bring smiles to various families by creating Pez for auctioning to raise funds to ensure that more children get help to get their dreams come true.
4. The 1950s Clear Space Gun ($11,211)
The clear Space Guns created in the 1950s are wonderful collectibles you can get for any Pez head. They are great and rare to find. The price will discourage you if you want to own a piece of them. One was sold in 2006 on eBay during an auction for $11,211 to the highest bidder. The gun used was a fake one which was used by the fraudster who used the real Pez space gun to develop the molds. The fake guns were created using poor quality materials, which they began to wear out. It is believed that only two real Pez with clear guns exist today.
3. The 1982 World's Fair Astronaut B ($12,000)
The 1982 World's Fair promotional dispensers became the most expensive Pez Dispenser to be sold at an auction block on eBay. This Pez is believed to be available in only two pieces. The one that was auctioned on eBay had a white helmet and a green stem. The other piece had a blue stem and a blue helmet.
This unique Pez Dispenser was created to be presented to the World's Fair Board, and no other pieces were produced apart from the two. A former Pez employee was the one who acquired it from the auctioned records, whose bidding reached over $32,000 with five days for the auction remaining. It was sold for $32,205 when auctioned was closed at the "Scruffy little city "of Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2006. According to Antique Week, it is believed that the highest bidder never possessed it because when the seller went to collect the money, the buyer went mute. The true value is still debated within the Pez circle as some are considering it to be within a price range of $10,000 while Pez Company values it at $12,000.
2. Prince William and Duchess Kate ($13,360)
Prince William and Duchess Kate Pez Dispenser was created by Pez to commemorate their upcoming royal wedding. It represented the happy couple for their fans to get the opportunity to own this original collector’s item. This royal pair dispenser became the most sought after when they were placed on eBay for auction in 2011.
According to Work+Money, the proceed from the donation was going to be channeled towards the Starlight Children Foundation, which according to report was a choice made by Middleton who has been a supporter of the charity event. The winning bidder when the auction closed was $13,360. While these two pairs of dispensers, which were sold as a pair, may not be the most sought-after dispensers in the World, they became the most expensive ones to be sold during an auction.
1. The 1961 Political Donkey Pez Dispenser ($12,000-$15,000)
This rarest Pez was created by PEZ Candy Inc in 1961 as a gift that was presented to the United States President John F. Kennedy when he visited Vienna, Austria. According to PEZ candy, only two of these Democratic donkey dispensers were created. It is believed that PEZ Candy Inc holds them safe. One of the Pez was a Democratic donkey dispenser and the other a Republican elephant dispenser.
The values of the two dispensers are believed to be currently at $20,000 to $25,000. They were created using ivory and are currently being debuted for a good course initiative to help InnVision Shelter Network end homelessness. Only two or three versions of these dispensers are believed to have existed. The Dispenser owned by JFK is considered the single most converted piece of Dispenser to exist.
All the Pez Dispensers distributed globally come from the production factory in Orange, which produces close to 12 million tablets of Pez daily, using 50,000 pounds of sugar daily. It is believed that Americans consume close to 3 billion pez candies per year, becoming an iconic pop culture over the years.
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